1316 E. Washington St. 

1,962 sq. ft.: 4 bedrooms, 2 baths

1,962 sq. ft.: 4 bedrooms, 2 baths

price recently dropped to $475,000

.14 acre lot

Built in 1951

ReMax: Darrin Fuchs, 208-342-5588, www.Move Up.com/1316Washington/

A crisp fall morning finds me in the East End historic district looking at a gracious Cape Cod house that has been completely remodeled. Washington Street is wide and lined with lovely homes. Mature trees grace the parking strip and this house's lot. Flower beds, lit with accent lights and lushly planted with rhododendrons, azaleas, dogwood, peony and boxwood, line the cement and brick walkway to the door. The home is constructed of red brick with a dark gray architectural roof, gray cedar gable ends and white trim. The present owner designed a new Greek revival columned front porch to shelter guests as they stand in front of the elegant red door with beveled glass.

The door opens into a charming living room with gleaming refinished hardwood floors and white crown molding and baseboards. All the windows in the house are new Milgard wooden casement windows. An entry sided by white fluted pilasters and a lighted glass-shelved display niche leads into the large kitchen and great room. The owner completely gutted the kitchen and replaced the interior with large off-white Italian porcelain tile on the floor, dark alder cabinets and speckled granite slab countertops. All the appliances are stainless steel, including a gas stove and a side-by-side refrigerator. A beautiful cabinet with glass doors on each side peeks into the family room. Surprisingly, but conveniently, an island stores a dryer, and the full-sized washer is tucked into a cabinet across the way. There's also a broom closet, a big spice rack, lots of wine storage, a pantry, pullouts and Lazy Susans. The kitchen opens to the cozy great room, which was added on in 1974. A massive red brick gas fireplace with mantle anchors the living area, which also sports a ceiling fan, two windows and a dining area.

Two glass French doors lead out to the deck (or courtyard) built of long-lasting decking. The area is bounded on two sides by the house, on one side by a separate sunroom/studio and on the fourth side by a two-car garage. There is a Sundance Spa (which is included in the sale), a meditation area with a fire pit, a good-sized fountain, a tiny lawn and flower area and a 200-square-foot vaulted studio. The studio is floored in painted, epoxy concrete and has a ceiling fan and two sets of French doors facing the courtyard.

Back inside and beyond the living room are two bedrooms and an exquisite bathroom with gray and white marble on the floor and the shower surround, and white beadboard wainscoting. The bathroom is a little jewel with more porcelain tan tile accented by darker marble. The extra deep tub has a shower with two showerheads. The elegant pedestal sink is one-of-a-kind: white, round, made of wood and with a shelf and a drawer. The last room is a big master bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, a walk-in closet and access to a huge attic storage space.

All the window coverings in this house are beautiful: blue and white valances and burgundy and sage green drapes just to name a few. The walls are painted different decorator colors. The entire electrical system in the house is new.

Pros: Houses built in the '50s were sturdy and came with hardwood floors, built-in closets and lots of windows. This house is no exception. Its remodel can only be called a triumph with great attention to detail and use of fine materials. The great room is the essence of coziness. I just adore the back courtyard for sitting, reading, soaking, meditating or entertaining. The fact that there is a big two-car garage with a big driveway area, and an 11-by-30 foot RV parking area off the alley is also a big plus.

Cons: There really aren't any.

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